Thursday, June 30, 2016

Video: Delayed Bayonne Bridge Project Impacts Residents

NJTV Public Media NJ Video: "Residents living near the Bayonne Bridge say the project to raise it has gone on longer than anticipated and is impacting their homes. The delays could also cost the Port of Newark big boat business."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fourth of July 2016: Travel information on buses, railway, ferry "The Bayonne Bridge, which usually closes on the weekends for "Raise the Roadway" construction, will remain open all weekend."

Panama Canal Expansion: What Awaits Railroad Stocks? "This is because these shipments are limited by height of the Bayonne Bridge in New York and inability of East Coast ports to accommodate increasing container volumes, thereby keeping the West Coast railroad volumes intact. The company also said that given a higher proportion of cargo would be at sea due to longer travel period to reach East Coast, financially struggling shipment companies would have to buy more containers which would be tough for them."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Panama Canal: It's OK if You Have a Bigger Boat

Economy Watch: "In addition, in New York, the Bayonne Bridge, which spans the channel between Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, currently restricts both states' biggest ports from accepting these super-sized vessels. The project to raise the bridge has been delayed until the end of 2017 because of engineering miscalculations and construction work slowed by inclement weather."

Panama’s Big Bet, Part 3: A game changer for U.S. trucking?

CCJ: "The consensus is any shift won’t happen overnight. While most major East Coast ports can accept up to 10,000-TUE ships, they are scrambling to complete billion-dollar projects to host the 14,000-TEU ships capable of passing the Panama Canal. The Port of New York and New Jersey is set to complete the Bayonne Bridge navigational clearance project late next year, while the Port of Charleston and Port of Savannah are currently working on dredging projects to allow the largest Neopanamax ships to reach their ports in the next two years."

An expanded Panama Canal opens for giant ships

Journal Star: "This prospect has triggered activity up and down the East Coast. After delays, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey now says that a $1.3 billion project to raise the 85-year-old Bayonne Bridge will enable ships to pass under by late 2017."

Expanded Panama Canal open for business but questions linger on its ability to be a game changer

Logistics: "Gross also noted that many of the East Coast ports are not ready for the bigger ships, as they are either currently lacking the depth (Savannah, Charleston) or height (New York’s Bayonne Bridge), explaining that not many of the bigger ships will be deployed if they can’t call on New York."

Monday, June 27, 2016

Panama Canal expands, opens third lane

Fleet Owner: "A lot of those peaks and valleys have to do with the East Coast ports and how they have been gearing up for the expansion. The biggest problem, Gross noted, is the port of New York and New Jersey, which is an integral part of the ship commodity on the East Coast. Three of the port’s four major terminals could accept the larger container ships, but they are on the wrong side of the Bayonne Bridge, which remains too low to accommodate these new titanic cargo ships. Though the bridge is being raised, that effort isn’t expected to be completed until 2017."

Citizen avoids assaulting a piece of black plastic

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: That was good advice, though I now understand why they invented whiskey as a calmative. I don’t drink anything stronger than Sam’s Choice Cola from Wal-mart, but I could dearly have used a shot of Old Grand Dad when a flashing sign appeared on our approach to the bridge that would take us to our destination: “Bayonne Bridge Closed. Consider Alternate Routes.”

Port Authority will vote on cashless tolls "A Port Authority spokesman said the agency plans to institute all-electronic tolling at the Bayonne Bridge with the opening of the bridge’s elevated roadway next year."

Bigger ships heading for Georgia "The port of New York-New Jersey, where 40 percent of East Coast cargo alights, won’t finish raising the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate bigger ships until late next year. Shippers say the biggest vessels won’t come to the East Coast at all without deliveries to the massive New York market."

June 26th Inauguration For The Expanded Panama Canal Is Set

Seeking Alpha: "Many analysts, economists, investors and others have expressed their opinions regarding the impacts that the new locks will have on trade lanes accessing major seaports in the U.S. Seaports on the East Coast have made major investments in anticipation of new cargo traffic. Some of these investments, such as the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey will not be ready until 2017."

Shipping leaders want Hampton Roads to have the deepest water on the East Coast. But is it worth it?

Ports & Rail | "The bigger ships won’t begin moving through the canal faster partly because of an air-draft restriction at the Bayonne Bridge, affecting access to most terminals at the Port of New York/New Jersey by larger ships. Port officials say that problem will be gone by the end of next year."

Bayonne Bridge Daily Schedule: June 27- July 1, 2016

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the bridge will remain open from 5:00 am Friday, July 1,  through the weekend, and will not close until 9:00 am Tuesday, July 5, in observance of the July 4 holiday."

An expanded Panama Canal opens for giant ships

Chicago Tribune: "This prospect has triggered activity up and down the East Coast. After delays, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey now says that a $1.3 billion project to raise the 85-year-old Bayonne Bridge will enable ships to pass under by late 2017."

Explainer: how Panama Canal expansion will transform shipping once again

SFGate: "And in New York, the Bayonne Bridge, which spans the channel between Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, currently restricts both states' biggest ports from accepting these super-sized vessels. The project to raise the bridge has been delayed until the end of 2017 because of engineering miscalculations and construction work slowed by inclement weather."

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to be closed this weekend for construction "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 11:59 p.m. and remain closed until Monday at 5 a.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

New $5.4B Panama Canal expansion ready for business

Construction Dive: "Port facilities in Norfolk, VA, Baltimore and Miami are ready for the bigger ships, but others in Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, are not. The behind-schedule Bayonne Bridge project is currently blocking access to three of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's largest port terminals, which have undergone a $6 billion overhaul according to USA Today. The Skanska USA-led joint venture announced that it would be late 2017 before the bridge is raised high enough to allow the large post-Panamax ships to safely pass. Planners originally timed the bridge's completion to the Panama Canal expansion completion, which was also delayed a few months after experiencing setbacks and delays."

$5.4-billion expansion of Panama Canal could reshape world trade routes

LA Times: "Ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico — including New York, Miami and Houston — have been frantically gearing up for a bonanza. They have deepened their harbors, expanded rail lines and installed massive cranes. The Port Authority of New York  and New Jersey spent more than $1 billion to raise the level of the Bayonne Bridge to allow the big ships to pass under the roadway."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

30 June – Hidden Harbor Sunset Tour of Port Newark

Working Harbor Committee: "Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, the Bayonne Bridge and it’s connection to the Panama Canal Expansion project, and more from our expert narrators – plus,the chance to get an epic selfie at sunset with Lady Liberty."

NY-NJ port able to handle 14,000-TEU ships after Bayonne Bridge raised

PenneyVanderbilt: "The Port of New York and New Jersey will be able to accommodate ships with capacities of 14,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units at its Newark Bay terminals as soon as the Bayonne Bridge is raised in the latter part of 2017, the port said."

Panama Canal expansion to be completed this month

Panama Canal expansion to be completed this month: "Some shipping companies have slowed their activities due to the ongoing uncertainty concerning the canal. Because New York, the largest eastern market, will remain without the ability to receive large freights, shipping companies will refrain to send their larger fleets. Others have opted for fitting their ships so they can fit the current infrastructure. One of the main concerns, in this case, is the Bayonne Bridge, which is to undergo a structural lift and a deepening of its harbor."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bayonne Bridge

CORE Environmental Consultants, Inc.: "CORE Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CORE) was hired by Ahern Painting Contractors, Inc. to complete air and noise monitoring services as part of the lead paint abatement and repainting of the Bayonne Bridge. The bridge spans the Kill Van Kull, linking Bayonne, NJ, with the Port Richmond area of Staten Island, NY and is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The bridge has a mid-span clearance of 150 feet that permits oceangoing vessels to use this entrance to Port Newark and the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal without interference. The specific lead removal methods used by Ahern include: abrasive blasting, chemical stripping, hand-scraping and power-scraping (needle-gun scaler). CORE performed work area and containment air monitoring, as well as noise monitoring."

As Expanded Panama Canal Prepares to Open, New York Isn’t Ready

WSJ: "Late last year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, an 83-year-old arch that spans the channel between Bayonne, N.J., and Staten Island, would be delayed until the end of 2017 because of engineering miscalculations and construction work slowed by inclement weather."

Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ

WSJ: "The busiest port on the U.S. East Coast will be watching the opening of an expanded Panama Canal with some apprehension. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, a key barrier to bigger ships trying to reach container terminals, is falling behind schedule and won’t be done before the end of 2017, the WSJ’s Robbie Whelan reports. The bridge-raising is the signature project in the costly efforts underway along the Eastern seaboard to prepare for the new era that come with this week’s opening of the bigger Panama Canal. In the near term, the delay undercuts the economic calculations behind the canal’s expansion because larger ships from Asia will be blocked from the port’s three largest terminals, in Newark and Elizabeth, N.J. Given the port’s outsize role in supply chains, shipping lines are unlikely to commit much bigger vessels to the Panama Canal routes until they can add New York-New Jersey to their route maps."

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Panama Canal Expands

WSJ: "Some of the ports lack infrastructure such as cranes and docking space to handle the ships. At the port of New York and New Jersey, the three largest terminals are walled off to the largest container ships by the Bayonne Bridge, which the local port authority is raising by more than 60 feet at a cost of more than $1.3 billion."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Loud pile driving to begin on Bayonne Bridge on Monday "City spokesman Joe Ryan said the Port Authority has advised the city that sheet pile driving will take place for about three weeks from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m."

Sen. President Sweeney and Senators Weinberg and Cunningham take boat tour to Bayonne Bridge "The raising of the Bayonne bridge will allow taller ships to pass through Kill Van Kull. The new road way is currently being constructed above the current one. Senate President Steve Sweeney, and fellow Senators Loretta Weinberg and Sandra Cunningham take a boat tour with others that will address the need to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Led by the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, the tour goes by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, under the Bayonne Bridge, past ongoing port dredging projects and up along to Port Newark."

Photos: Construction Progress on the Bayonne Bridge "Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney takes the media on a tour to show construction progress on the Bayonne Bridge as part of his campaign to pass legislation to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund. Here is a section of the elevated roadway that going to be joined on the Bayonne Bridge."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bayonne bridge to remain open Saturday, Sunday "The Port Authority will close the bridge at 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 17, and reopen the bridge Saturday, June 18, at 8 a.m. The bridge will then stay open through the weekend, both day and night."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bayonne Residents Cautioned About New Round of Bridge Noise

TAPinto: "Sheet pile-driving will be performed during the day, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for about three weeks."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Port of Charleston gets high marks for productivity, new study shows

Post and Courier: "The improvements will help the SPA better handle the big ships that are expected to visit Charleston once the Panama Canal expansion is completed this month and the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey is raised in 2017."

Monday, June 13, 2016

Outerbridge Crossing: What does it take to change 120 lightbulbs? "The installation of LEDs will be also be included with the Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" project and the Goethals Bridge Replacement project."

Photo flashback: How 'The Burial Place' became Port Richmond "The Bayonne Bridge was constructed in 1931, yet ferry service continued until 1962."

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Structural Art Class

IUSE Structural Art: "Students should be able to: Identify Othmar Ammann's two greatest mentors and what influence they had; Recall scientific, social and symbolic aspects of the Bayonne Bridge; Recall the scientific, social and symbolic aspects of the George Washington Bridge; Contrast the works of Lindenthal and Ammann, highlighting the different aesthetic and design choices of each designer; Relate the form of a trussed arch bridge to the forces in the structure; Predict how changing the shape of the bridge affects the forces in the cables; Compare and contrast the Bayonne Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge on the grounds of structural art."

Bayonne Bridge

Flickr - Photo Sharing!: "Raising the roadway on the Bayonne Bridge."


New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis: "“This is a robust transportation capital plan that will double county and municipal transportation aid to hold down property taxes, fund the Hudson-Bergen and Camden-Glassboro light rail extensions, and expand rail freight funding to deal with the doubled cargo that the giant Panamax super freighters will be bringing into Port Newark once the Bayonne Bridge is raised,” Senator Sarlo said. “We are calling on all of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle in both houses to support it.”"

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Port of NY and NJ plan upgrade to handle 14,000 teu containerships

Splash 247: "The major works under way are the 50-foot harbour deepening project (expected to be ready this summer) and the navigational clearance project at the Bayonne Bridge (expected to be done by late 2017)."

Friday, June 10, 2016

Port of NY & NJ сonfirms сapability to handle larger vessels

Port News: "The planned completion of the 50-foot Harbor Deepening Project later this summer and the anticipated completion of the navigational clearance project at the Bayonne Bridge late next year were cited as proof that the port will find itself prepared to handle new, larger classes of cargo ships within its previously stated time frame."

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to Close Two Times This Weekend

TAPinto: "The crossing will close 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 10 and reopen 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11. It will close again 11:59 p.m. Saturday and reopen 8 a.m. Sunday, June 12. "

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Two Alliances Will Upsize Ships Ahead of Panama Canal Expansion

Global Trade Magazine: "There are also physical restrictions that will prevent carriers from rushing in with the biggest ships, the most obvious being the ongoing project to raise the Bayonne Bridge that restricts access to the port of New York/New Jersey and is not expected to be completed until mid-2019. “As long as the Bayonne Bridge is not raised,” Drewry said, “it will not be possible for 13,000-TEO neo-Panamax containerships to operate from Asia to the U.S. East Coast.”"

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

City and Port Authority Give Bridge Project Updates

TAPinto: "A portion of 1st Street that had been closed due to Bayonne Bridge construction has been reopened, and the city says that there are no local street closures at this time."

Major ports get big-ship ready

Global Trade Magazine: "PORT OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY: In addition to raising the Bayonne Bridge roadway from 151 feet to 215 feet—an investment exceeding $1.3 billion—the port is upgrading its infrastructure to prepare for an influx of Post-Panamax ships. Bethann Rooney, assistant director of the port’s Commerce Department, says such endeavors highlight a decade-long, $6 billion-plus commitment. “We have right-sized the channel—deepening it to 50 feet—as well as the berth, the terminal, the roadway and the railway to make the supply chain move efficiently,” she says."

Monday, June 6, 2016

Is NY-NJ Ready for the Big Ship Surge?

Port Technology: "Some of the larger container ships that call at four of the big container terminals at the Western part of the Port of New York-New Jersey (NY-NJ) harbour could be restricted, especially until the US Army Corps of Engineers completes a study of the Arthur Kill turning basin, according to"

Sunday, June 5, 2016

NY-NJ turning basin’s ability to handle mega-ships in question "But until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes a study of the Arthur Kill turning basin, the size of some ships on trans-Pacific strings that call at the four big container terminals on the western side of the New York-New Jersey harbor could be limited."

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Port Authority Alerts & Advisories

Port Authority Alerts & Advisories: "The Bayonne Bridge is now closed for construction until Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 p.m.. Please plan an alternate route"

Friday, June 3, 2016


PressReleasePoint: "The Bayonne Bridge will close Friday night June 3, at 11:59p.m. and will remain closed round-the-clock until 5 a.m. Monday, June 6, to accommodate ongoing construction work on the “Raise the Roadway” project."

Tankers Move Under The Bayonne Bridge

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Aerial View Of The Bayonne Bridge

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tax relief for residents near construction sites But is it fair

Hudson Reporter: "Another pitfall of living adjacent to an enormous bridge-construction project is the devaluation of property. With the bridge under construction since May 2013 and the Port Authority extending its completion date to mid-2019 from an original projection of 2017, property values near the construction site have dropped temporarily until construction is finished, according to city tax assessor Joe Nichols.

As a result, residents have been appealing their property assessments and winning a lower tax bill, although at least one city official, Councilman Gary La Pelusa, says he’s concerned about the lost tax revenue.

Nichols explained, “In 2014, the issue was raised [by residents]. In 2015, several of the people involved [filed] tax appeals which caused me to look at whether it affected value. Every one of the tax appeals that was done resulted in a reduction.” He said that 135 properties were reassessed with an average 20-peercent reduction in owed property tax, amounting to $260,000. "

Bayonne Bridge Update

The Newtown Pentacle: "From a purely esthetic point of view, the composition and positioning of the new roadway is pretty “fugly.” Amman is turning in his grave, I’m sure."